students in graphic design labThe B.Des. degree in Graphic & Interactive Media is a professional degree for students seeking careers in the exciting and cutting-edge field of Design. The degree provides students with the tools, skills, knowledge, and experience to express creatively and develop ideas through the latest design technologies.  The curriculum ensures that all students achieve professional competencies in design and gain experience traditional, new, and interactive media.  Graduates will be prepared to launch their career in a design related field such as Graphic Design, Web Design, Interactive & Mobile Design, New Media, Motion Graphics, etc. or pursue an advanced degree such as M.Des and D.Des.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS1  CREDIT HOURS
A. Core Skills

 

  ENGL 101 Writing and Inquiry I 3
  ENGL 102 Writing and Inquiry II 3
   

Approved Mathematics

3

B. Humanities and Fine Arts
     (6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)

6
C. Behavioral and Social Perspectives
     
(6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)
6
D. Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning  
    Approved Science or Mathematics 3
    Approved Lab Science 4
E. Founding Documents of the United States  
  HIST 111

United States History to 1877

OR POLS 101 American National Government

3
F. World Cultures 3
G. LINK 101 1
University Requirement  
  FALS 101 15 FALS-approved events

0

Total General Education Requirements 35

For approved courses see the General Education section

 

MAJOR PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS
DES 101 Introduction to Design 3
ART 103 Drawing I 3
ART 104 Drawing II 3
ART 105 Basic Design I 3
ART 106 Basic Design II 3
ART 111 Art History I 3
ART 112 Art History II 3
ART 203 Photography I 3
DES 113 History of Graphic Design 3
DES 201 Typography 3
DES 203 Graphic and Interactive Design I 3
DES 204 Graphic and Interactive Design II 3
DES 499 Capstone 1

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS CREDIT HOURS
Art 200 level studio (select two)
ART 202ART 205ART 207
6
Art History (select one)
ART 311ART 312ART 314ART 315ART 316ART 371ART 372
3

 

MAJOR PROGRAM EMPHASIS REQUIREMENTS CREDIT HOURS

Graphic Design Set (select three)
DES 301, DES 302, DES 303, DES 304, DES 308, DES 309, DES 350, DES 401,
DES 402, DES 404, DES 490

9
Interactive Media Set (select three)
DES 305, DES 306, DES 307, DES 310, DES 350, DES 405, DES 406, DES 407,
DES 408, DES 410DES 490
9
Design Related Electives (select four)
ART 302ART 303ART 305ART 306ART 307ART 320ART 321ART 322,          ART 323ART 350ART 402ART 403ART 405ART 407DES 301, DES 302
DES 304DES 305, DES 306, DES 307DES 308, DES 309DES 310, DES 350
DES 401, DES 402, DES 403, DES 404DES 405, DES 406, DES 407, DES 408,
DES 409, DES 410DES 450, MEDA 301MEDA 310MEDA 341MEDA 360
MEDA 370MEDA 410MEDA 450MEDA 460, DES 420
12
   
Total Major Program Requirements 79
Additional Electives 6
TOTAL FOR BS DEGREE 120
  • Students must earn a “C” or better in 100-level art and design courses before proceeding to the sophomore studio courses and also maintain at least a 2.3 GPA in art and design courses in order to graduate with a major in Design

  • Students will complete a BDes Candidacy Review at the end of the sophomore year and a BDes Review at the end of their final semester.

  • Students must earn a “C” or better in all program requirement courses.

  • Students may not take more than 3 studio courses per semester without permission from department chair.

  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.

  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses